Which Stream to Select after Class X?
Updated on Jun 12, 2019 - 5:52 p.m. IST by Maniprabha.singh
#CBSE Class 10th

Are you confused about which stream to select after CBSE Class X? Do you want the right guidance for selecting the best stream? What to study after Class X? These are the top queries that class 10th students ask after the board exam result announcement. However, they left perplexed by different options and opinions. More often, students opt for a stream that is the building block of their dream. Considering this basic struggle of students

How to Choose a Stream After 10th Standard Examination?

Different parameters must be thought over to select the right stream after Class 10th examinations. The foremost criterion is to select a stream which is your strength then match it with your interest and future scope to choose the right stream. Get the help from the given tips to selecting the best one-

  • Know Your Interest- It is necessary to check whether you feel excited to read a particular subject or not. One must only select a stream that he/she gets connected with. If you are passionate about mathematical calculations and you can do do it more often, then either select the science or commerce stream.
  • Find Your Strength- After checking the interest areas, one must match their interests with strengths. Most of the time, students have an inclination towards Science, but their scorecard reflects the highest scores in Social Studies. So, selecting Humanities rather than Science would be the best option for them.
  • Understand the Stream In-Depth- After knowing strengths and interest, one must check the future growth of that stream after 10th. Like in 19s, people want to be an engineer as they get respect for having a professional degree. However, in the 21st century, if you won't get admission to IIT or NIT then it is hard to get the same respect. So, after selecting one, do check its future scope as well.
  • Get Career Counselling- Students can also get career guidance from the experts that are available online as well as offline. These counsellers study about different careers options and students psychology regularly to provide better guidance. If you find hard to choose the right one among stream after Class 10th
  • Financial Budget Check- Sometimes, students have big dreams and they have the strength to accomplish that but the pocket of their parents won't allow them to pursue the same. In this case, students can opt for a similar option with less fee.

Which Stream to Select After CBSE Class X?

The broad three streams after class X for students to select are- Science, Commerce and Humanities/Arts. These three streams are broadly categorized as per their course structure and subjects. Following is the information that every Class X student must read and consider so as to make the right choice for the future.

  • Science Stream: This field is related to Medical studies and Engineering, with subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

  • Commerce Stream: This stream is related to trade, commerce, business, and financial marketing. If you have strong mathematics and financial abilities, Commerce is best for you.

  • Humanities/Arts Stream: This stream is the widest of all, and is related to education in subjects like History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, languages, Anthropology, Human Resources, journalism etc.

  • Vocational Stream- Studying professional courses such as Fashion Designing, Nursing are included in this stream.

Below are the details, advantages of each stream and the educational prospect of each stream, which answers the question of which stream to select after CBSE Class X in a simplified way.

1. Science Stream- The Most Attractive Stream

Science has always been the most fascinating among all the streams and the most lucrative to study in, but it is not a stream that you can just study without any interest. The main subjects to study in science are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and C++ (depending upon the school).

To a Class X student, the Science stream option gives an opportunity to pursue their future careers in Medical and Engineering related fields. The subjects include practical labs and theory which requires a lot of hard work from the students.

Further, a student can select the Medical and Non-Medical field, which is differentiated by Biology subject. For every medical student, it is important to study Biology as a core subject and non-medical students must study Mathematics and Computers, along with Physics and Chemistry.

Division in Science Stream

  • Science Stream with Mathematics (PCM)
  • Science Stream With Biology (PCB)
  • Science Stream with Biology & Math

Note- Students opting for Science stream can also prepare for the KVPY Scholarship examination to get financial help for higher studies and research work.

2. Commerce Stream- Best Stream for Business & Finance Studies

Commerce field is all about learning and studying subjects related to trade, business, finance, and economics. This is the most preferred stream of education by most of the class X students who wish to embark a career or profession into MNCs, Banks or even entrepreneurship. The important subjects to study in these fields are, English, Business Studies, Economics, Accounts and Computers.

Few competitive exams to pursue after Class X in commerce related fields are:

  • C.S Foundation Course
  • C.A Foundation Course
  • ICWA Foundation Course

3. Humanities or Arts Stream- Explore Creativity

As a student, if you are keen on studies and aspire to learn most of the things, Humanities is the perfect stream. With Humanities a student gets to study History, Geography, Language, Psychology, Political Science, Literature and Journalism, and Mass Media.

If you are thinking ‘What to choose after Class X’, Humanities can be a great opportunity for your career, as the wide range of subjects offers great career options. Also, if a student aims for being an IAS officer or desire to get into other civil services, this is the best field to select for.

4. Vocational Courses- (Professional/ Short-term courses)

Apart from Class 12th studies, many students opt for short-term professional courses such as ITI courses, polytechnic diploma courses, paramedical courses. These courses fetch jobs after completion but the salary package is less. Only a few state boards teach vocational streams after the 10th. However, students have to join a professional institute after class 10th examination instead of the 12th. The duration of these courses can be of 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year as per the requirement and student's preference. Some of the vocational streams after 10th standard examinations are

  • Interior Designing
  • Fire and Safety
  • Fashion Designing
  • Jewelry Designing
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Health/ Sanitary Inspector
  • Nursing
  • X-Ray Technician

For every Class X student selecting a stream after CBSE Class X is an important question that must be answered in a simplified way so that students can decide about what stream they must select.

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is 75%attendence is important?

ayush mishra 9th Jan, 2020

Hello Prabhjot!

The attendance criteria is strict and is followed in most cases in almost all the schools in the country. Since you have not completely specified your condition, I assume you are asking about Class 10 or 12 attendance regulations and in that case, CBSE and all other education boards have strict regulations, so you should not fiddle with them in ideal cases. However, if you have any medical or any other unavoidable circumstance, then you should contact higher authorities for help.


cbse class 10th school leaving certificate and migration certificate will required during neet counseling

chandra keerthi pothina 15th Dec, 2019

hey sejal

While reporting to the allotted college, candidates must submit the original copy of the required documents which can be are listed below-

  • NEET 2020 Admit Card

  • NEET Scorecard or Rank Letter

  • Class 10 certificate and mark sheet (for date of birth)

  • Class 12 certificate and mark sheet

  • ID proof (Aadhar/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport)

  • Eight passport size photographs

  • Provisional Allotment Letter

  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)

  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

so you do not need to carry migration certificate

hope this helped

all the best

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How can I cancel my Improvement form of class 10th?

Tamajit Student Expert 23rd Oct, 2019

Hi Arshad,

As per CBSE guidelines, there is no mention of a methodology for cancelling your improvement examination or nullify your candidature for the improvement examination. However, what you can do is you can skip the improvement examination only if you do not want to appear for the examination.

CBSE generates two separate marksheets for improvement candidates: one during the normal attempt of the examination and the other after the improvement examination which carries the marks of the improvement examination, thus you can show the mark sheet of your first or normal attempt and that way there is no evidence to prove the fact that you applied for the improvement examination. But do keep in mind that you must have an explanation for the academic gap that you are going to have between class X and class XII as that might be asked in your future places of academic enrollment.



can i opt for biocomputer after selecting basic maths in class 10 th

Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 24th Sep, 2019

yes you can opt for biocomputer after having maths at class 10.At class 10 leve basics are taught so can easily copeup with that.

Hope you find it helpful

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